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Q: What is the maximum workplace temperature?

A: Legislation contained in The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 simply states that the temperature within a workplace building should be reasonable and do not provide a maximum workplace temperature.

The Health and Safety Executive have previously defined an acceptable working temperature span for most people in the UK as between 13oC and 30oC. If the work is of a more strenuous nature, then the temperature could “reasonably” be towards the bottom end of the range, whereas someone sitting in an office at a PC all day would expect a more “reasonable” temperature to be towards the higher end of the range.

During the hot weather, employers should ensure that they have a plentiful supply of drinking water accessible to everyone.

One thing’s for sure, it won’t matter what the temperature, it won’t suit everyone!

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